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Open day questions: PR, media and journalism students

Budding reporter or public relations officer? If you're heading off to a university open day to find out more about a prospective course, here are the key questions you should ask.

About the course

  • Are my lecturers also still working in industry?
  • How much of the course is theory and how much is practical?
  • What skills will I learn on this course? E.g. shorthand, IT skills… 

Facilities and equipment

  • What books are necessary for me to buy?
  • How much time will I need to spend studying each week?
  • Will we get to work with equipment? Cameras?

Placements and work experience 

  • Should I look for relevant work experience before I do this course -  is it needed?
  • Do I need to arrange placements during this course?


  • What is the split between exam/coursework/Group works/Presentations?
  • Do I need to complete dissertation/ research based project?
  • How should I choose the subject of my dissertation?
  • How much do placements count towards grades? 

Graduate prospects

  • How could I make the most out of this course?
  • Does the uni have contacts in industry I can use?
  • What do previous graduates go on to do?


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